Seth Rollins Injures Knee Again During Raw

It was reported earlier today that Seth Rollins was seen leaving Monday Night Raw on crutches. Rollins took a massive beating from the debuting Samoa Joe at the end of the show. Rollins was in the ring and his knee looked to get twisted while in Joe’s submission hold.

Many people think it is part of the storyline for Rollins to sell an injury at the hands of Joe, but Ryan Satin of Prowrestlingsheet.com confirmed the injury is serious. Rollins also tweeted a picture of his leg in a brace saying, “Wish I could say it was just a bad dream.” Only time will tell the severity of injury, but lets not hope this keeps him out of his second consecutive Wrestlemania.

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Chris Jericho: The Real Life Babyface

 

Chris Jericho has made a career out of being the heel – and he is damn good at it. The brash, cocky Canadian has been putting on great matches for over 26 years; all the while reinventing himself, putting over new young talent and putting on match of the night worthy performances anytime he steps inside the squared circle – a tremendous feet at 46-years-old. Inside the ring he may call you “Junior” or a “Stupid Idiot,” but outside the ring he’s considered one of the nicest guys in the industry. The man with 1,004 holds is well known for what he’s done between the ropes, but he should also be recognized for the person he is off the mat.

 

Let’s start out with his most recent act of kindness that took place this month. WWF/WCW wrestler Rex King passed away on January 9th this year. Having long been incapacitated with traumatic brain injuries, his family’s financial situation was sparse; leading to the creation of a GoFundMe page. The family looking for $2,500 for funeral expenses we’re surprised when they noticed a donation of $2,500 from Chris Irvine (Jericho’s real name). Leaving behind a message that said: “Rex was a good guy who was always good to me! Hopefully he has found peace and is with the Lord now. –CJ” This act of kindness sparked me to continue looking into the man behind the curtain; even after having read his biography A Lion’s Tale: Around The World In Spandex it became clear that there was still a lot I didn’t know about him.

 

Before the women’s division turned into what it is today, “Divas” Michelle McCool and Melina put on a match for the ages at Night Of Champions 2010. The next night at Monday Night Raw, the two got reamed out by an agent backstage who said: “I can’t believe you did that, we were all backstage scared to death.” McCool responded with: “If the guys can do it, why can’t we do it?” The agent insisted they we’re putting on matches better than the guys and that the match made them look bad. Chris Jericho having overheard the conversation jumped in to defend what the two women had done by saying: “Look, if the guys can’t follow what the girls are doing, then the guys need to step it up. I think they did awesome, they did great and it isn’t their problem that it looked that good.”

 

McCool and Melina weren’t the only performers Jericho has stood up for. Being praised by Matt Sydal and Ryback for being the person who helped put them over, Sydal recalls Jericho as being easy to work with and admires his attitude and approach to life. The most famous story of Jericho helping out a wrestler came when Vince McMahon on a plane made a snide remark to Kofi Kingston saying: “Maybe one day you’ll get over,” a comment that clearly disturbed Kingston. On their way off the flight, Jericho convinced Kofi to go back and stand up for himself. Unsure if he was being ribbed on, Jericho insured him he wasn’t joking. Kofi went back on the plane and got into a verbal argument with Vince only to turn into an amateur wrestling match right there on the plane. After the dust settled, Vince laughed it off and liked that he had stood up for himself. Fast forward a few years and Kofi Kingston is now the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champion with New Day; a title run that lasted 478 days.

 

Another recent incident that can attest to Jericho’s goodwill came after Randy Orton & Brock Lesnar’s Summerslam match in August. Lesnar who got a little overzealous repeatedly elbowed Orton in the head at the end of the match leaving a wide gash on his forehead. According to multiple sources Lesnar was greeted by Jericho backstage to make sure the Viper was okay, calling the finish “Bullshit!” The two got into a physical dispute which ended with Paul “HHH” Levesque breaking them up. Concerned for his safety, Orton ensured Jericho afterwards he was okay.

 

These are just a few stories about Chris Jericho beyond the ropes; many fans recount the times they met him on the street as being a “gentleman,” who posed for photos and signed autographs. There will always be conflicting reports, but the good stories outweigh the bad. In my personal opinion not every can be on every single day; he is only human and is going to have bad days just like the rest of us. Personally I’ll remember him for three things. Being the Undisputed Champion at Wrestlemania 18 in Toronto, creating the Money In The Bank match and promising to personally come to my house to pleasure my dog and make me a sandwich if I could do 3,000 squats. Now I’ll remember him as a class act and if you don’t agree with me…

 

You just made the list!

 

 

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WWE SmackDown Live Coverage – (01/31) – Rumble Fallout, John Cena’s 16th Title Reign Begins

Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

A video kicks off the show with highlight clips from this past Sunday’s Royal Rumble event. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble match, guaranteeing himself a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 33. John Cena also won his record setting 16th WWE Championship at the event.

AJ Styles is seen angrily watching that clip. Styles lost the championship to Cena. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan are with him. McMahon says Smackdown Live had one hell of a night. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble while AJ Styles and John Cena tore the house down, but Cena walked away as the champion. Bryan says it couldn’t have gone any better. Styles says they should be thinking about when he gets his WWE Championship rematch. He doesn’t want it to be in the Elimination Chamber. McMahon and Bryan say he’ll get his shot one-on-one eventually. Tonight, they have a show to run. The next WWE Championship match will be in the Elimination Chamber. Styles reiterates that he wants a one-on-one match. Styles then wants to know who is in the match. McMahon says Styles is as well as the WWE Champion, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, The Miz, and Dean Ambrose.

Dean Ambrose immediately walks in and says that’s all he wants to know. Styles tells him to get out. Ambrose tells him not to get snippy with him. Ambrose says now that James Ellsworth is in love and out of the picture, they have some unfinished business to settle tonight. Styles says that won’t happen, but McMahon likes the idea and books the match. Styles angrily storms out.

John Cena talks about being a 16-time World Champion

John Cena’s music hits, and the 16-time WWE Champion makes his way to the ring to a good reception. Cena tells the crowd to not be afraid to tell him how they feel. Cena says, “Corpus Christi, Texas… The Champ is here!” A “Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks” chant fires up. Throughout history, the championship is a symbol that tells everyone that you’re the man. That’s what it’s going to be. Part about being a man is the ability to say when you’re wrong and sorry. A few people were just chanting for AJ Styles. Cena says he’s sorry to AJ Styles that he was wrong about him; he’s not just a guy from Atlanta. Styles is an elite level WWE Superstar that brings out the best in him. They may disagree, but Styles’ performance at the Royal Rumble is what the title is all about. The Royal Rumble was a history-making occasion. A lot of people asked him how he’ll celebrate history. It’s not a time to drop confetti because in two-weeks, this title is on the line inside the Elimination Chamber live on the WWE Network. He’ll celebrate making history by doing what he loves the most – standing in the ring saying Smackdown Live is the place to be, John Cena is the man to beat, and if you want some, come get some!

The Wyatt Family’s music interrupts him. Bray Wyatt walks out with the winner of the Royal Rumble, John Cena’s longtime rival, Randy Orton. They stop at the stage. A loud “Cena” chant fires up. Wyatt says, “The Champ is here,” and laughs. Wyatt sarcastically tells the children that all is right with the world. The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s like a vicious cycle. The hands of fate have dealt Cena back the championship he blindly covets. It’s no matter because in two week’s time, he’ll be trapped like a rat inside the Elimination Chamber… with him. There will be nowhere to run or hide. When everything is said and done, he’ll be leaving the Chamber the new WWE Champion. The world will finally enter the era of Wyatt. This is his destiny. He told him that things are changing around here. If you don’t believe him, ask his brother, this year’s Royal Rumble match winner, Randy Orton. Orton takes the microphone. Orton says if by some miracle Cena makes it out of the Chamber alive, he’ll be waiting for him at WrestleMania. One way or the other, he’ll end this vicious cycle and set the championship free. Wyatt says to Cena, “We’re here.”

Wyatt and Orton start making their way down to the ring. Cena removes his shirt and readies himself for a fight. They get on opposite sides of the ring and climb up to the apron. Cena waits in anticipation for them to get in the ring. All of a sudden, The Wyatt Family video flashes on the screen and the lights go out. When they come back on, Luke Harper is standing by Cena’s side. Cena looks confused before realizing that he’s on his side. Wyatt and Orton quickly retreat.

Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. You can always expect the unexpected on Smackdown Live. McMahon says Wyatt and Orton will team up against the unlikely team of Luke Harper and John Cena. That match will happen right now!

-Commercial Break-

The 2018 Royal Rumble comes to Philadelphia. That will be the 30th anniversary of the event.

John Cena and Luke Harper vs. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton

John Cena will start the match against Bray Wyatt. Cena applies a side headlock before being whipped off. Cena quickly shoulder blocks him down. Cena immediately goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Wyatt slides off and tags in Randy Orton. This is a WrestleMania main event preview. Orton paces in the ring. Luke Harper blind tags in. Harper forearms Orton before hitting a slingshot senton on him. Harper takes him down and punches him. Harper forearms him in the corner and whips him across the ring. Orton elbows Harper and hits the ropes, but Harper takes him down with a dropkick. Harper catches him with a guillotine catapult. Orton rolls out of the ring to recover. Harper tries to follow him out, but Bray Wyatt stands in his way shaking his head. Harper is unsure of what to do. Harper gets back in the ring, but then leaves and gives Orton a back suplex onto the commentary table. Harper gets the crowd fired up and sends Orton into the ring. Wyatt blind tags in and stands face-to-face with Harper. Harper backs up and tags Cena in. Harper then goes outside. It appears Wyatt is still able to influence Harper. Cena reluctantly comes in the ring and starts punching away at Wyatt. Cena hits the ropes, but Wyatt elbows him down. Wyatt kicks away at him before punching him down. Wyatt taunts the crowd and Harper. Wyatt continues to punch away at Cena before getting him to his feet. Orton tags in, and he stomps his WrestleMania opponent down.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Wyatt flatten Cena with a senton splash for a near fall. During the commercial, Orton gave Cena a back suplex onto the commentary table. Cena rolls to the apron. Orton tags in and catches him with a draping DDT. Orton sets up for an RKO, and Harper looks furious. Orton goes for an RKO, but Cena pushes him off and clotheslines him down. Both men are down now. Wyatt is tagged in, and he charges toward Harper. Harper pulls his arm back. Wyatt punches Cena down and covers him for a two count. Wyatt goes for a senton splash, but Cena rolls out of the way. Orton tags back in, and he hits Cena with a powerslam for a two count. Orton stands over Cena before blindsiding Harper. Cena hits the ropes and hits a pair of shoulder tackles before hitting a back suplex powerbomb. Cena connects with the 5 Knuckle Shuffle on his WrestleMania opponent. Cena goes for the AA, but Orton slides off and hits his patented reverse headlock backbreaker.

Harper angrily gets in the ring, but Wyatt stands between him and Orton. Harper won’t attack Wyatt. Harper eventually pushes past him and punches Orton. Wyatt grabs Harper and goes for Sister Abigail, but Harper gets out. Harper goes for Sister Abigail on Wyatt, but he lets go and big boots Orton instead. Wyatt then drops Harper with Sister Abigail. Cena runs in and goes for an AA on Wyatt. Orton pulls Wyatt off and hits Cena with an RKO for the win!

Winners by Pinfall: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton

Naomi and Becky Lynch will face Alexa Bliss and Mickie James later tonight. Our main event will see AJ Styles take on Dean Ambrose.

-Commercial Break-

James Ellsworth comes out dressed in the gold outfit Carmella set him up with. Ellsworth tries a few times to quiet the crowd down before introducing Carmella to the ring.

Delilah Dawson vs. Carmella w/ James Ellsworth

Carmella makes fun of Dawson’s outfit. JBL says she looks like a cross between Rey Mysterio and a smurf. Dawson applies a headlock, but Carmella powers her down. Carmella talks some trash before picking her up by the hair and throwing her across the ring. Ellsworth gets in Dawson’s face from ringside and laughs at her. Dawson surprises Carmella with an inside cradle for a two count. Dawson kicks Carmella in the face, but Ellsworth quickly sweeps the face. Carmella takes her down and applies the Code of Silence for the win.

Winner by Submission: Carmella

Carmella wildly celebrates in the ring with James Ellsworth. They hug in the ring.

The commentators plug the new app “WWE Champions.”

Kalisto makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Dolph Ziggler, next.

-Commercial Break-

Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler

The bell rings, and Ziggler immediately forearms Kalisto down. Ziggler punches away at him and drops an elbow. Kalisto comes back with some kicks from his back and rolls to the apron. Kalisto kicks Ziggler in the head and connects with a springboard cross-body block. Apollo Crews is seen watching backstage. Ziggler gives him a back elbow to take him back down. Ziggler stomps him and hits a neckbreaker for a one count. Ziggler screams in his ear before Kalisto lays him out with a spin kick. Ziggler puts himself through the ropes to keep Kalisto back. Ziggler cheap shots him over the referee and connects with a Superkick for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler stands over him and tries to rip the mask off. Apollo Crews’ music immediately hits, and he runs down to the ring to protect Kalisto. Ziggler quickly escapes through the crowd.

Dasha Fuentes is backstage with Becky Lynch and Naomi. Dasha mentions she has an opportunity for revenge. Lynch says Mickie James cost her the Smackdown Women’s Championship and blames her for her forgotten legacy. Lynch says she hasn’t forgotten about Mickie or what she’s done to her. She used to being attacked from all angles, but tonight she has a mutual understanding with Naomi. Naomi says Alexa Bliss blatantly disrespected her last week and said she was a “nobody.” On Sunday, this nobody became somebody when she snatched that termite bald. She felt the glow and will vanquish these two. They get pumped up and walk off. This match is next.

-Commercial Break-

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WWE Elimination Chamber Participants Officially Revealed

– It was announced early tonight on SmackDown that WWE Champion John Cena will defend his title against AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, The Miz and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose inside the Elimination Chamber next month.

The Elimination Chamber PPV takes place on February 12th from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

Check out the official announcement below:

.@ShaneMcMahon names the 6 #SDLive #EliminationChamber competitors: Cena, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, The Miz & @TheDeanAmbrose! pic.twitter.com/R3PhSjaxst

— WWE (@WWE) February 1, 2017

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